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Sins and CEOs: Lessons from Leaders and Losers That Will Change Your Career [Paperback]

Richard A. Moran
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Book Description

July 6, 2011
Business leadership lessons, particularly pertaining to CEOs, illustrated by anecdotes that are true stories.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Heliotrope Books LLC (July 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098329402X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983294023
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,768,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good advice from one who knows September 5, 2011
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Written by a management consultant with many years of experience working with chief executive officers, this little book brings the foibles of these leaders of industry up close and personal. At only 144 pages, it's a fast and funny read that kept me smiling.

Being a CEO is about being responsible, honest and willing to take risks. Sadly, this is not always the case and leaders make terrible mistakes. Politicians like Elliott Spitzer and Anthony Weiner forget that they are in the public eye and that their behavior is transparent to the world. Others, in various corporations, are just plain clueless about the actual objectives of their organization and have unclear objectives that don't work. Constantly, the writer pokes fun at expensive off-site meetings which nobody enjoys and which are a complete waste of time and energy for all concerned.

There is nothing really new in this book. Basically it's common sense packaged in an easy breezy way. But if only a few of Mr. Moran's suggestions were really implemented, it would lead to a more positive business environment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First impression of book July 27, 2011
At first I thought this book would only apply to CEOs, but I see now that it is completely relevant to professionals at all levels and even to leaders outside of the workplace. I especially like the idea of using the CEO title as a metaphor for everyone to think of themselves as the leader of their own life. Sins and CEOs points out the importance of taking personal responsibility for ethical decision making because each one of us has an impact on the people in our professional and personal lives. The kind of impact, whether it positive or negative and whether it lifts someone up or tears them down, is largely up to us and we should be very mindful of this everyday.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Work and Home August 1, 2011
"Lessons from Leaders and Losers That Will Change Your Career" Agreed. This book not only holds the key to change in your professional career but offers insight and perspective on our personal journeys. Well Delivered, Thought Provoking and Empowering!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The leader's edge December 5, 2011
I am skeptical of leadership books because they lock you into a model or framework and the world doesn't work that way. I was delighted to read Rich Moran work in Sins and CEO/s. He is a unique business journalist sharing his life experiences and salient nuggets of insights from 25 years as an advisor to corporate executives. He has worked from the shop floor to the board room and offers the most uncommon advice jumps off the page. Common sense needs to be common practice. Making decisions, getting in the middle of scrum, are not easy for any one to do. But unless CEO's and business leaders take to heart the advice and applications of this book, the stories of Dilbert in America business will continue to ring continually true. Simple insights are offered here, I think everyone involved in business leadership can get a lot from this contribution.

Glenn Tobe
Managing Partner
Elliott Avenue
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down August 1, 2011
This book was something of a learning experience for me. I loved each and every story, each one had numerous lessons to take note of. What stood out for me the most was the topic of 'delivery' and how important it is in a ever changing business environment. The authors raw honesty is what really makes this a must read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just for CEOs December 4, 2011
Richard Moran's book is valuable for any CEO, for anyone who works for or is thinking about working for an organization led by a CEO, or for anyone who's in charge of anything, including their own life. In other words, everyone! If you're a leader of any kind, then read this provocative book and think about your own behavior. If you're open-minded and objective, then you'll find at least 2 or 3 ways to become a better leader. If you're considering joining an organization, then use the lessons of this book to assess the leader and your own future prospects for success and happiness in that organization. And the best part is - this book is not only good for you, but easy, fun, and fast to read. Not academic, but chalk full of anecdotes, humor, and practical advice.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I am the man in the mirror
The lessons from this book are most effective when used as a mirror. A great way to practice self awareness as a leader and to sustain personal accountability.
Published 11 months ago by Larrymis
5.0 out of 5 stars great read!
well written, great ideas, highly recommend. Mr. moran seems to have a good grasp on the concepts and ideas put forth in the book with an easy to understand method of writing.
Published 12 months ago by dsikkens
5.0 out of 5 stars If You're In Business, Don't Miss This Book!
Don't be deceived by the quick read and easy-going delivery - this book packs a solid series of recommendations on what not to do as a leader in business. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Phyllis Campagna
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read
To say it will change your career is probably a bit of a stretch. However, for anyone who has ever worked in a corporation and especially managed in one, it is a chance to... Read more
Published 22 months ago by J. E. Caldwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining as well as educative
i loved the writing style, which was entertaining while still achieving the purpose of passing the desired message across. Read more
Published on December 6, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for College
With everything going on right now, from Occupy Wall St. to my Intermediate Micro Econ class, this book had answers that teachers don't talk about, and CNN doesn't cover. Read more
Published on October 12, 2011 by Dan Shaw
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